Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Evening at Shell Beach

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Here's a painting I started late afternoon at Shell Beach. My friends Wendy Brayton and Carole Gray-Weihman joined me.



Wendy and I painting as the sun was setting. Work, work, work...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coastal Trail

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This was painted near Montana del Oro. As I was walking around the area I came to like the shapes and coloration of the bushes against the rugged coast with its walking trail. I could of just sat out there all day and enjoyed the crashing waves and the chirping birds. It doesn't get much better than being out painting in such a location.

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Coastal Farm


In private collection.

This was painted on a foggy day east of Arroyo Grande for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air event. I felt like painting a structure that morning and this was a nice scene to paint with the layers of mist behind the barn. We passed this scene several days as it was between our host family's home and the coast.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Hollister Peak - revisited

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I love to paint the Sisters when I'm at the San Luis Obispo Plein Air event. This is on a frontage road just outside Morro Bay looking east on the way back to San Luis Obispo. Carole and I started our paintings and then came back to finish them a day or two later. On the second day Ken Christensen was setting up just west of us about 100 feet away. He had a large, blank canvas out. Less than a couple hours later Ken stops by to visit and he had already finished his painting. Man, does he paint fast!

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Off Old Creek

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First day for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air event. Found this scene off the Old Creek Road north of Morro Bay. This painting didn't make it into the exhibit.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Tessa in White

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This was painted at l'Atelier aux Couleurs in Petaluma, CA where we were hosting a Peggi Kroll Roberts workshop. This was a 40-60 minute pose on the last day of the workshop. I love painting the figure and this was a fun pose with the translucency of the white dress.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dick and Mary's Sunrise

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This was painted on Lake Tahoe off the dock of my host family's home. Dick and Mary were gracious hosts and have a beautiful home in a beautiful setting. On the last morning of the North Tahoe Plein Air I got up early to try to paint a little 6" x 8". When I got out there I found one of the other two painters at the house, Carole, had beaten me too it and was a half an hour ahead of me. I decided to walk halfway up the dock and paint the sunrise on the lake with the distant mountains and clouds reflecting in the water. Every morning that we were at the house we were presented with a unique, beautiful sunrise.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Emerald Blue

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I hiked down with all my gear to the north side of Emerald Bay not knowing exactly what I'd find from lake level. Driving by over the years this spot had a certain kind of magic and I've always wanted to paint here. It was a bit of a hike on a paved trail and my pack didn't seem too heavy. When it finally started to get heavy I came across a friend, John Deckert who was on his way up after painting a couple great, color sketches. At the bottom I found Vikingsholm Castle which is quite picturesque. I decided to hike around the north side of the island to try and get a better angle and to get closer to the island. After checking out a dozen potential spots to set up my easel I decided to paint this angle. The light was really interesting and I started to feel the magic of the place. The scene was flooded with blue and I tried to capture it. A couple times I almost scraped off the canvas as I was having a hard time capturing the atmosphere. I was pleased with the final results. Then there was the hike back. Almost immediately I was wondering how I would make it up the slope with all my gear. That was a hard hike back up but I had a delicious sandwich waiting for me that kept me going.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ski Run

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This is back at Alpine Meadows looking south west at some of the dry ski runs. Carole painted her award winner looking 180 degrees behind me. As we were painting I kept hearing this noise in the woods near the empty parking lot maybe 100 yards away. After a little while this guy comes out of the brush and calls his dog to follow him back to the lodge. I'm working out my painting as the sun is rising and some areas are getting more interesting and other areas are getting flooded with light. I hear more rustling in the woods. I look over and I see some cyclists coming up the hill. I'm trying to figure out the foreground as just below the bottom of my painting is a huge flat parking lot. Again I hear the rustling. I continue on the foreground trees and adjusting the values to maintain the depth in the painting. Again the rustling. It's been going on for over an hour now and I can't take it anymore so I stopped and stared into the woods until I see what is making the noises. Nothing. Grrr. I continue to stare and then I hear it again and try to focus in on where the noise is coming from. Again. It sounds like its coming from the big pine tree but what could make such a loud rustling noise way up in a tree. Again with the noise. This time the top of the tree shakes. Holy cow!

I narrow my focus to the limb that I thought was at the center of the ruckus. Then I see it. From behind a large clumping of branches and pine needles this large black butt of a bear appears. My jaw drops. I look at the limb and ask how can it support so much weight. It must be a little cub. It jostles around again and I see it full on the side and it ain't no little cub! It then tears down the branch to the trunk and scurries up the tree another 30 feet or so. I had no idea that they could climb trees let alone fly up them like that. I guess I still have that image from Bonanza of the two bears at the base of a tree waiting for this guy to come down and then they finally wander off. So much with the idea of climbing into a tree to get away from one. By this time I remember to tell Carole to look over at the tree. She doesn't see it at first and then gets her camera and starts to walk over to take pictures. I'm thinking, okay, I just saw it fly up a tree in seconds, I bet it can go even faster on flat ground. Meantime a runner comes into view and is obviously rather tired having run up the mountain and is now slowly running under the bear in the tree that is just 20 feet off the road. Headphones on, oblivious that there is a bear over her head. The bear doesn't care. Same with some cyclists. He finally runs down the tree and runs 15 feet or so and stops. He sits up and stares at Carole and myself. Gulp. We stare back. He finally goes into the brush and disappears. He must have been 300-400 pounds, small for a bear but big enough. I kept wondering where Mom was. So much for the excitement. Back to painting. You got to love painting in plein air!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Meadows on the Truckie River

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On the Truckie River just north west of Tahoe City is this beautiful meadow. North Tahoe Plein Air enlarged the boundaries in which the artists could paint this year and you could now paint most of Lake Tahoe and up the Truckie river. This spot was just down from the Alpine Meadows turn off where I painted "Alpine Vista" earlier. The shadows changed quite rapidly here so we came back a second day to finish our plein air paintings. Typically we don't like to spend more than a couple of hours on a painting at a time as the light will have changed significantly in that amount of time. It's better to come back a second day at the same hour if more time is needed. On the second day Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg came down to paint the meadow and Carole Gray-Weihman was up just up ahead.

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Alpine Vista - North Tahoe Plein Air

This little 6" x 8" painting was painted from the parking lot at Alpine Meadows ski resort. When I was in my late teens, early twenties I use to ski here quite a bit. It has such a different look without the snow. Go figure! I painted another painting here looking to the right of this one and there's a little story to go with it. Check back in a couple days to find out.

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